A celebration of religion in the media with speakers including Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks about the vital need for religious literacy; Simon Terrington the Director of Content Policy at Ofcom, overseeing general media policy work in relation to the broadcast sector; and the BBC's Director of Radio and Education and former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, James Purnell.
Sandford St Martin Trust showreel - 9.30am and 1.15pm in the main hall
The Sandford St Martin Trust promotes thought-provoking, distinctive programming that deals with religion, ethics and spirituality. Through its annual awards, the Trust promotes excellent broadcasting about all faiths, from major networks, independents and online sources, at local and national level. The showreel shows highlights of the 2018 winners. The Trust was established by Sir David Wills in 1978 and named after the Oxfordshire village where he used to live
Keynote address: Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks - 10.00am
Chair: Julie Etchingham, ITV
Lord Sacks was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013. He is a prolific traveller, author, speaker and academic with more than 25 books to his name. In a recent Radio 4 series ‘Morality in the 21st Century’, he considered the impact of social media on young people and the impact of individualism and multiculturalism on communities.
Polemic - 11.00am
Tanya Muneera Williams is a black, Jamaican poet, writer and hip hop rapper, who converted to Islam in 2005. Her group ‘Poetic Pilgrimage’ has a theme of female strength and dignity. She finds hope in the inclusive community of hip hop.
Chair: Katie Harrison
Understanding Unbelief - 11.25am
Chaired by Rosie Dawson, Religion Journalist and Radio Producer
Understanding Unbelief is a major research programme aiming to advance the scientific understanding of atheism and other forms of so-called ‘unbelief’ around the world.
Journalist presentations from Dr Lois Lee and Dr Rachael Sillitoe, followed by panel discussion including Liz Slade.
Launch of Millennial prize - 12.55pm
Dr Lois Lee will announce details of a prize, launched by the Understanding Unbelief programme, to honour the work of young journalists and programme makers, aged 18 – 35, in exploring the nature and diversity of unbelief - including atheism, agnosticism, and related phenomena - across the world.
Recording of ‘The Sacred’ podcast - 12.30pm
The Sacred is a podcast hosted by Elizabeth Oldfield, director of Theos, which stimulates debate around the place of religion in society. Today she interviews Tanya Muneera Williams
Sandford St Martin Trust showreel of 2018 winners, with Nicola Meyrick, trustee and former head of BBC Radio Current Affairs - 1.00pm
James Purnell in conversation with Roger Bolton 1.30pm - 2.15pm
Meet the BBC Commissioners Daisy Scalchi and Abigail Priddle - 2.15pm
An opportunity to hear how the BBC commissions its religion and ethics programming for television from two of the key commissioners for religion & ethics.
Polemic - 2.30pm
With Canon Sarah Snyder, founding director of the Rose Castle Foundation, which provides space for to transform conflict within and between faith communities.
Chair: Katie Harrison
Digital Religion - 2.45pm
Apanel discussion chaired by Charmaine Noble- McLean, journalist, broadcaster and Programme Controller of Premier Christian Radio, with: Hussein Kesvani, journalist and author of ‘Follow Me Akhi: The Online World of British Muslims’ – how young Muslims use social media to determine their religious identity. Dr Jasjit Singh, research fellow in the School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science, at the University of Leeds, who has studied how the digital environment is impacting on the transmission of the Sikh tradition. Justin Brierley presents Premier Christian Radio’s faith debate show and podcast ‘Unbelievable?’ which receives over 3.5m downloads per year.
Polemic - 3.45pm
With Rev Sarah Jones, a transgender Anglican priest working in Cardiff, on how the press got her story and her reflections on dealing with the media.
Chair: Katie Harrison.
Reporting Religion - 4.00pm
A panel discussion chaired by BBC broadcaster Emily Buchanan, with: Sophia Smith Galer, an award-winning social media and video journalist for the BBC. Dr. Suzanne Newcombe, a Lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University and a Research Fellow at Inform. Nicola Meyrick was Head of Radio Current Affairs at the BBC from 2007-2015.
Simon Terrington, former OFCOM Director of Content Policy, chaired by Hannah Scott Joynt, radio and TV presenter and broadcaster - 4.45pm
Simon Terrington oversees media policy work in relation to the broadcast sector, including guidance to public service broadcasters on meeting with licence requirements. Previously, he worked in strategic consulting for media businesses throughout the world and was a journalism fellow at the Reuters institute Oxford University.
Reception by the Religion Media Centre in the youth centre - 5.30pm
There will be breakout workshops from 1.00pm
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